Thursday, March 16, 2017

Spiritual Heart Surgery

Day 15 Matthew 5:8

“Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.”

We must remember Jesus was not as worried about us cleaning up our act, but being changed from the inside out. A kind of “spiritual heart surgery”.  He likened the Pharisees, in Matthew 25, to “whitewashed tombs”.  He told them to wash the inside of the cup, before worrying about the appearance on the outside.  Our hearts hold the secret thoughts and attitudes that are only seen by God. Someone said character is, “Who you are when no one is looking.” Jesus says, "Out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication." Although no one is pure, except Jesus, Jesus came to purify our hearts. He came to change us from the inside out.  Our only purity comes from what Jesus did on the cross to cleanse us from sin.  Yet, we also seek purity each day in the power of the Holy Spirit, who makes us holy.  As we become sensitive to the work of the Holy Spirit in our everyday lives, impure thoughts become more clear to us.  As we abide in Christ, He is changing our hearts to reflect what He desire.  Most importantly as we seek purity, we see God in new ways!

Jesus, you came to change our hearts by the love that you demonstrated on the cross.  During Lent, help us to focus on our heart condition, as we are honest with you and our minds are not conformed to this world but renewed by the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

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